Page 20 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 8 (1949-1950)

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by the Rev. Guy Emery Shipler with a delightfully written
introduction by Rt. Rev. Charles K. Gilbert, Bishop of New
York (N.Y., Association Press, 1948) conveys the expression
of a healthy reaction of a cross-section of American Christian
clergymen representing the leading Protestant denominations
to manifestations of ill-will towards Jews and other minority
groups in this country. I t will, for many years to come, serve
as a useful instrument in the effort to counteract the evil effects
of the forces of hatred in this country. Both preachers and
laymen will turn to its pages for inspiration and guidance. This
holds true also of
Judaism and Christianity
by James William
Parkes (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1948). I t is an
admirable work by a competent and sympathetic student of
the two great religions which have so profoundly affected the
civilization of both East and West.
The year’s literary output did not yield much in contribu-
tions to the elucidation of the life and lore of ancient Israel.
I t is, indeed, deplorable that the Scriptures do not attract suffi-
ciently the attention of productive Jewish scholarship so as to
yield a more or less adequate output of informative, edifying
and inspiring writings through which the life and lore of the
ancient Hebrews and their far-reaching influence become better
known and understood. Few, indeed, are the number of such
works which can be recorded here and some of them, while
useful, are by authors who deal with their respective subjects
in a decidedly christological manner. Written with warmth
and imbued with Jewish traditional lore is the second part
of the
Introduction to Rabbi Samson Raphael HirscKs
commentary on the Torah
by Rabbi Joseph Breuer [translated
from the German by Jacob Breuer] (N.Y., Feldheim, 1948).
The late Professor James A. Montgomery issued a modest
publication on
The Bible: the Book of God and man
N. J., Ventnor Publishers, 1948), a stream-lined summary of the
Scriptures with comment at a minimum. An endeavor to expound
the meaning and value for today of the religious teachings of an-
cient Israel is made in
The theology of the Old Testament
by Otto
J. Baab (Nashville, Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1949). A study of
the religion of ancient Israel and its significance for the modern
world is offered by W. A. L. Elmslie in his
How came our faith
(N. Y., Scribner, 1949). Philosophical and spiritual themes
garnered from the writings of the Hebrew prophets are discussed
Hark to the trumpet
; the message of the prophets for the world